Dr Jenny Malmström

Associate Investigator

Phone: 09 923 5338

Postal Address:

2-6 Park Avenue - Bldg 529
Level 1, Room 134A
Auckland 1023

Jenny Malmström joined the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering in 2016. She received her MSc degree in Bioengineering at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden (2004) and a Ph.D. in Nanoscience at the University of Aarhus, Denmark (2010). From Denmark she moved to Auckland, where she joined the School of Chemical Sciences (UoA) as a post-doctoral research fellow. Her research is very interdisciplinary and focusses on the interface where biological molecules or cells meet novel materials. Her expertise lies in characterising and understanding the material-biomolecule interactions and the influence of surface properties that underpin cell adhesion onto substrates.  This detailed understanding can be applied to emerging and exciting areas such as the creation of smart materials to help understand or control cellular behaviour, or to create ordered functional patterns of biomolecules. Recent work in connection to the functional nanostructures theme has been focussed on using block copolymers to template and order multimeric ring-shaped proteins. These ordered protein stacks can be used to template for example optically or magnetically active entities



Associated Content

Jenny Malmström on RadioNZ

Associate Investigator Jenny Malmstrom talks to RadioNZ about stem cells, implants and materials science. Read more


Dr Jenny Malmstrom – Developing the future science leaders

Part of a series of stories from the 2014 Public Annual Report. This profile comes from the Leadership section where we discuss all the things the Institute is doing to help develop “scientifically astute, entrepreneurial and socially active leaders.”   The MacDiarmid Institute is dedicated to growing and developing scientifically astute, entrepreneurial and socially active leaders at all stages […]